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November 16, 2012, 8:15 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Google Preps Maps App for Apple Devices  —  The head-to-head battle between Apple Inc. and Google Inc. in mobile maps is drawing nearer.  —  Google has distributed a test version of its new mapping app that will work on Apple's iPhones and iPads to some individuals outside the company …
Stefan Filip / Twitter Blog:
Sharing Tweets just got easier  —  If you're like me, you probably come across Tweets every day that you'd like to share.  They might be funny or include a striking photo.  They might be breaking news or feature old news.  Of course, you can retweet any of these to your Twitter followers …
Wall Street Journal:
Google, Dish Held Talks to Launch Wireless Service  —  Google Inc. has held talks with satellite-TV provider Dish Network Corp. in recent weeks to partner on a new wireless service that would rival the networks of wireless carriers such as AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless, according to people familiar with the discussions.
Steven Musil / CNET:
Google modifies Android SDK to battle platform fragmentation  —  New terms for developers specifically prohibits them from any action that could contribute to further fragmentation of the mobile platform.  —  Recognizing that fragmentation of the Android platform frustrates consumers and developers alike …
Andy Skelton / WordPress News:
Pay Another Way: Bitcoin  —  At WordPress.com, our mission is making publishing democratic — accessible and easy for anyone, anywhere.  And while anyone can start a free blog here, not everyone can access upgrades (like going ad-free or enabling custom design) because of limits on traditional payment networks.
Ben Kersey / The Verge:
Google Play Music enables scan and match in Europe ahead of US launch  —  Google Music went live in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain this week, bringing the company up to speed with the likes of Amazon and Apple by allowing users to purchase songs and albums while also offering a digital locker service.
Ted Mann / Wall Street Journal:
Cities Move to Rein In Smartphone Taxi Services  —  Taxi and limousine regulators from 15 U.S. and Canadian cities plan to release proposed guidelines Friday aimed at reining in some of the smartphone applications and online services that are radically changing how customers hail cabs.
More: The Verge
Byron Acohido / USA Today:
U.S. consumers hesitant to make switch to Windows 8  —  Most Windows users in the U.S. know about Windows 8 but few have immediate plans to upgrade to Microsoft's newest operating system.  —  Customers get a look at products at Microsoft's pop-up store in Manhattan in October.
Mike Torres / The Windows Blog:
SkyDrive usage has doubled in the last 6 months, now you can select what to sync  —  About 6 months ago, we released the first sync apps for SkyDrive making it easy to view and manage your personal SkyDrive from the File Explorer in Windows and Finder in OS X. We're excited to announce that since then …
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Ev Williams Takes To Medium To Discuss The True Purpose Of His New Publishing Tool  —  You might have heard a few things about Ev Williams and crew's new product, Medium.  To some, it seems like “just another blogging platform,” but if you think about where Ev and Biz Stone come from …
More: Medium and AllTwitter
Sovan Mandal / Good E-Reader:
Apple Granted Patent for Their Page Turn Animation  —  Anyone who has spent some time with iBooks should be familiar with the way pages turn on ebooks.  It's unique in that it mirrors the appearance of a page turning on a real book.  Apple has now been granted patent on the particular animation …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Verizon Will Reduce Speeds of Repeated BitTorrent Pirates  —  Last year the MPAA and RIAA teamed up with five major Internet providers in the United States to launch the Center for Copyright Information (CCI).  —  The parties agreed on a system through which subscribers are warned …
More: CNET and SlashGear
Andy Serwer / Fortune:
Steve Jobs vs. Sam Walton: The tale of the tape  —  A rare conversation with Walter Isaacson and John Huey, the writers who got inside the heads of these two extraordinary business leaders.  —  FORTUNE — When you consider the greatest business minds of the past 100 years …
Jeff Jordan / A16Z:
E-commerce 2.0  —  We at a16z could not possibly be more bullish on the prospects for e-commerce, and we believe growth is poised to accelerate.  —  Part of the reason for this is due to competitive market dynamics.  As I've blogged before, e-commerce players have substantial cost advantages over their physical competitors.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Google Launches Ingress, a Worldwide Mobile Alternate Reality Game  —  What's the wackiest thing you can imagine Google launching?  How about a game to fight for control of the minds of everyone on earth?  —  Or maybe that's not so wacky.  —  Meet Ingress, a new free mobile app …
Owen Thomas / Business Insider:
Apple Takes Over Former Nortel Patents  —  Apple is stocking up on patents.  —  The company has quietly snapped up more than a thousand patents in the past six months from Rockstar Consortium, a move that helps bolster it as it battles Google, Samsung, and other Android backers in the mobile-device market.

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